Triple Red Shells

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Triple Red Shells
Triple Red Shells in Mario Kart 8
Artwork of three Red Shells from Mario Kart 8
First appearance Mario Kart 64 (1997)
Latest appearance Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)

Triple Red Shells are clusters of three Red Shells appearing predominantly in the Mario Kart series.


Mario Kart 64[edit]

Triple Red Shells first appear in Mario Kart 64. When used, three Red Shells are deployed to orbit the player's kart. The player may throw each Red Shell one-by-one whenever they please, and can also use the Red Shells to block incoming items. Any player from second to eighth place can obtain this item, with a 20% of obtaining it in each position it appears in.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Triple Red Shells return in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, behaving exactly the same as in Mario Kart 64.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Triple Red Shells are among one of the two special items usable by Koopa and Paratroopa; as with all special items in the game, they can also be used by Petey Piranha and King Boo. This is the only game where the Red Shells do not orbit the kart; instead, they are held by the character in the back, though they otherwise function the same.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Triple Red Shells return in Mario Kart DS, behaving the same as in past games. They can be obtained as rare items in third through sixth place in Grand Prix and local VS modes, and can also be collected by poorly-performing players in Battle Mode; however, they are absent in online VS mode. The AI cannot normally receive Triple Red Shells via Item Boxes, but they can still obtain it through stealing from the player using Boo.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Triple Red Shells return in Mario Kart Wii, behaving exactly the same as in previous games. They can be obtained as uncommon to rare items in fourth through eighth place in Grand Prix and VS modes; in Battle Mode, they are usually obtained by poorly-performing players. The best chance of getting this item is in 5th place, with a 12.5 percent (5 out of 40) chance of getting it in said position.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Triple Red Shells return in Mario Kart 7, behaving exactly the same as in past games. In Grand Prix races, they can be obtained if the player is anywhere from third to sixth place; in VS Races, they can be obtained in third or fourth place; in Battle Mode, human players can only uncommonly obtain Triple Red Shells a significant distance from the frontrunner, though poorly-performing CPUs have a rare chance in obtaining them, marking the first time in the series in which CPUs may obtain Triple Red Shells.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Triple Red Shells return in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, functioning exactly the same as in past appearances. In Grand Prix and VS modes, all players may obtain Triple Red Shells roughly 1000-3000 units from the frontrunner; however, they cannot be obtained in Battle Mode. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also marks the first time that CPUs may obtain Triple Red Shells in VS mode.


Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

  • 3DS Manual bio: "You can shoot three Red Shells. Press L Button once to set them up to act as a barrier against enemy attacks."

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

  • Trading card description: "There is a single Red Shell item, but this is three times as good! Triple Red Shells form a protective barrier around your vehicle helping you to fend off attacks. Then they can be fired, one by one or in rapid succession, forward or backward depending on your needs. The difference between Green and Red Shells is that Red Shells will hone in on the closest rival racer."
    • Game Tip!: "It's usually best not to fire off all three Red Shells in succession. It only takes one to crash an opponent. Save the other two for someone else."

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • Digital instruction manual description: "Press L Button or X Button to equip (the three shells spin around your kart), and then press L Button or X Button again to throw one shell at a time."

Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Instruction manual description: "Three Shells that spin around your vehicle. Use ZL Button to throw them one at a time."




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トリプルアカこうら
Toripuru Aka Kōra
Triple Red Shell
Chinese 三重红龟壳 (Simplified)
三重紅龜殼 (Traditional)
Sānchóng Hóng Guīké
Triple Red Shell
Dutch Driedubbel Rood Schild Triple Red Shell
French Triples carapaces rouges
Triple carapace rouge (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
Trois carapaces rouges (Mario Kart 64)
Triple Red Shells
Triple Red Shell
Three red shells
German Drei rote panzer
Dreifache Rote Panzer (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
Triple Red Shell
Italian Triplo guscio rosso
Tripla Conchiglia Rossa (MK64, MKSC)
Triple Red Shell
Portuguese (NOA) Trio de cascos vermelhos Red Shells Trio
Portuguese (NOE) Trio de Carapaças Vermelhas Red Shells Trio
Spanish Triple caparazón rojos
Trío de Conchas Rojas (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
Tres conchas rojas (Mario Kart 64)
Triple Red Shells
Red Shells Trio
Three red shells